Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Lasers

Optoelectronics and Photonics

The Photonic and Optoelectronic Devices Research Group is committed to improving the performance of renewable energy technologies. Our research focuses on the next generation technology in the fields of nanophotonics, polarization-selective photonics, bioelectronics, biophotonics, pulsed laser-based deposition, and many other photonic applications.

Research is currently being conducted on plastic solar cells, which utilize the novel properties of semiconducting nanocrystals, or quantum dots, to improve solar cell efficiency. The work in this area is supported by a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office.

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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